Padiham residents’ parking misery

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PADIHAM homeowners are growing frustrated with visitors to the town’s leisure centre parking on nearby streets.

Calls have been made to increase the size of the car park, which currently provides 46 spaces, to combat overspill but Burnley Council says extending it would cost £1,500 a place – funds which are difficult to come by.

Since its refurbishment two years ago, the leisure centre has grown in popularity and one Park View resident said the problem was going to continue getting worse.

“This problem has been going on since the leisure centre was refurbished,” he said. “It’s been getting gradually worse and I can’t can see it getting better any time soon. They have sessions on for children at night now and, because the car park is too small, they are spilling on to surrounding residential streets. They should have planned ahead when they were making improvements as they must have known there was going to be problems.”

He added it was now up to the council to look at ways of resolving the issue.

“We need to know when the car park is going to be extended. Is it going to be five years or 10 years or longer? There’s room for it.

“There are quite a few evenings when cars are double parked in Park Road as well. There are double yellow lines there and it’s been rumoured there are soon going to be wardens coming along at night ticketing people.”

Burnley Council’s leisure facilities manager Neil Hutchinson said measures had been put in place to help strain on the car park and they would look at more avenues of funding.

“The majority of the time we have enough spaces for our customers at Padiham Leisure Centre, although sometimes at peak periods the free car park does become full. Three years ago we looked at the possibility of providing more parking spaces at Padiham Leisure Centre and at the time the cost was £1,500 a space and no funds were available. To provide 60 spaces would have cost in the region of £90,000.

“We have provided more cycle racks for those who cycle to the facility and Padiham Greenway that runs adjacent to the leisure centre provides good local links for cycling and walking from the surrounding areas.

“We will look again at the cost of providing more parking at Padiham Leisure Centre and investigate possible avenues of funding to support this in future.

“If residents are having any problems contact the Leisure Centre on 01282 664588 and we will do everything we can to assist you.”